Friday, November 7, 2014

Win a LifeStraw!



Today’s vlog is all about EDC, or Every Day Carry. That means the items you never are without, or you carry with you every day. My four basic items always in pocket or sporran are: knife, cordage, fire starter, and cash. Those things are essential for my life as a modern homesteader. I also cover what is always in my day pack. This is not a 72-hour bag, but instead just the very basic things I wouldn’t want to have on my person for a short walk in the words or drive into town. I hope you share your own items you consider essential EDC, leave a comment or suggest others to me!

One item I focus on in particular is LifeStraw, this award winning and beautiful little piece of modern design should be in every purse and car in America, it’s inexpensive and possibly life saving! I am going to GIVE AWAY a Life Straw to a person who comments on this post, so please leave a comment about your own EDC or what I may have forgotten!

70 Comments:

Blogger Kris Bordessa said...

A lifestraw has been on my wish list for awhile now. (And I almost never take off for a walk without my hand pruners. Is that weird?)

November 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Rosybee said...

I usually carry my phone, my inhaler, a handkerchief and a granola bar( emergency rations 😊)

November 7, 2014 at 8:07 PM  
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November 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger sarah e blog said...

phone, water, i.d., pocket knife and lighter

November 7, 2014 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Great suggestions. I always have a knife with me, too. What is the name/brand of that radio? I want one!

November 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Johollister said...

Lets see, in my purse, I have a small flashlight, a Leatherman Micra and my phone. Also, at least 40 bucks. In my car, well I could probably build a small shelter with the crap in my trunk. Plus I also like to bring some sort of music maker with me if I am going on a trip.

November 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Maxi pads, as was pointed out on Facebook. Maybe some panty hose in the event a belt on the vehicle breaks. I'm pretty sure that trick is still valid.

November 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

My EDC is...uh...heh...

You'd think I'd have something after I spent a night in my broken car at 9 degrees 150 miles from home. I should get on that.

I would also suggest (if it wasn't already there) to add basic personal care items like baby wipes, chapstick, napkins, and pads/tampons for those who need them.

November 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Vicki Alderman-Watt said...

I carry a tool kit with sockets, wrenches and screw drivers, a gerber knife with all sorts of tools that I keep in my bag, a blanket, jumper cables, hand warmers and hat and gloves. I'm a nurse and have stopped numerous times to help someone injured and the blanket was a life saver.

November 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger EmmyG said...

in the car, blanket, on my person some snacks, bandaids, a small washcioth

November 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

Love this vlog! I always carry what you do, withmy ID with small currency... And gum/mints/granola bar...I would love a LifeStraw to add to it... And I agree: Read Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss... Such a great author and book

November 7, 2014 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Chancey Gardener said...

I live in earthquake country, so I have a car kit and a "to go" bag with 4 days food and water, photos of loved ones, clothes, heavy shoes, gloves, basic hand tools and hope.

November 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Lee R McElhinny said...

I like your EDC list Jenna! I would add a bandana for many different reasons, leather work gloves and a cane or walking stick to help with walking or self defense. (Fong Lee)

November 7, 2014 at 11:46 PM  
OpenID thegirlwithahammer said...

Fun idea for a vlog!

So my everyday all the time, it's in my pockets stuff is:
* A belt made out of webbing (instant dog leash, horse collar, book carry strap, hold lumber to my bicycle strap, etc)
* My wallet (or at the least my ID and a debit card and I usually tuck some cash in there too)
* Some chapstick (because lets face it when you really need some you REALLY want some! Not to mention I use it to deal with cracks on my hands and it makes a decent lubricant for a variety of uses in a pinch!)
* A pen
* My water bottle. I have one similar to the one you showed in the video and I keep a carbiner clip on it and it carries on a belt loop just fine. (My coffee cup has a lid that seals and a carabiner clip too so It's been known to tag along!)

When I leave the house it all to frequently involves a vehicle because I work as a Paramedic in a rural area with a small crew so even when I'm not on call I'm kinda on-call. I could pretty much survive a zombie apocalypse of I have my work truck. Here is what lives in the work truck:
* My medical kit. Everything from bandaids to oxygen, anti-vomit drugs to IVs, gloves to energy bars (cause calls don't always wait for breakfast to happen!)
* My rescue pack. I'm also on the Mountain Rescue Team so I have a mountain pack with more medical gear, climbing gear, warm clothes, and a survival pack that has a cheap poncho, chemical hand warmers, fire starter, a whistle, a light stick, etc. I also have a few energy bars, some wet wipes, gloves, etc.
* I also keep warm clothes, rain gear, a head lamp (or 2) and yak trax in there. In the winter I add my ice climbing tools.
* A climbing rope.
* Several wool and/or polar fleece blankets.
* A fire extinguisher.

And really there is more. When I head out in my personal vehicle it's rare that my small medical kit (one that is a pared down selection of gear that is what I actually use on 98% of the ambulance calls i.e. the common or critical stuff but not everything for every possibility) doesn't go with me. A jacket (I live in the mountains of Colorado, it can snow any day of the year and night are chilly year round. I keep a book in the truck (It's called Tracks and I recommend it!). A shovel. Several blankets (they are to keep the mud off the seats when the dogs are a mess but they can be repurposed! And of course a tennis ball or other dog toy just in case we sto pto play somewhere!

Whew! I hadn't realized how much stuff I have around really!

November 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM  
OpenID thegirlwithahammer said...

Fun idea for a vlog!

So my everyday all the time, it's in my pockets stuff is:
* A belt made out of webbing (instant dog leash, horse collar, book carry strap, hold lumber to my bicycle strap, etc)
* My wallet (or at the least my ID and a debit card and I usually tuck some cash in there too)
* Some chapstick (because lets face it when you really need some you REALLY want some! Not to mention I use it to deal with cracks on my hands and it makes a decent lubricant for a variety of uses in a pinch!)
* A pen
* My water bottle. I have one similar to the one you showed in the video and I keep a carbiner clip on it and it carries on a belt loop just fine. (My coffee cup has a lid that seals and a carabiner clip too so It's been known to tag along!)

When I leave the house it all to frequently involves a vehicle because I work as a Paramedic in a rural area with a small crew so even when I'm not on call I'm kinda on-call. I could pretty much survive a zombie apocalypse of I have my work truck. Here is what lives in the work truck:
* My medical kit. Everything from bandaids to oxygen, anti-vomit drugs to IVs, gloves to energy bars (cause calls don't always wait for breakfast to happen!)
* My rescue pack. I'm also on the Mountain Rescue Team so I have a mountain pack with more medical gear, climbing gear, warm clothes, and a survival pack that has a cheap poncho, chemical hand warmers, fire starter, a whistle, a light stick, etc. I also have a few energy bars, some wet wipes, gloves, etc.
* I also keep warm clothes, rain gear, a head lamp (or 2) and yak trax in there. In the winter I add my ice climbing tools.
* A climbing rope.
* Several wool and/or polar fleece blankets.
* A fire extinguisher.

And really there is more. When I head out in my personal vehicle it's rare that my small medical kit (one that is a pared down selection of gear that is what I actually use on 98% of the ambulance calls i.e. the common or critical stuff but not everything for every possibility) doesn't go with me. A jacket (I live in the mountains of Colorado, it can snow any day of the year and night are chilly year round. I keep a book in the truck (It's called Tracks and I recommend it!). A shovel. Several blankets (they are to keep the mud off the seats when the dogs are a mess but they can be repurposed! And of course a tennis ball or other dog toy just in case we sto pto play somewhere!

Whew! I hadn't realized how much stuff I have around really!

November 8, 2014 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

Waterproof matches, a clean pair of socks, a pocket knife, and bandaids are always in my car if I'm driving or in my pack if I'm hiking. All of those things have proven themselves invaluable during various adventures. I've always wanted to add a Lifestraw to my arsenal!!

November 8, 2014 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Cat H said...

Excellent list of stuff to carry. Now I know what to do with one of the three old backpacks in our closet. I'm going to put some handwarmers in my pack along with waterproof matches and some lint/wax fire starters.

November 8, 2014 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Brandon Uttley said...

A few small things that most overlook are eyedrops and nail clippers. If anything gets stuck in your eye, or you get an ingrown nail--and you will be miserable.

November 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

This upcoming spring, I'll leaving the US for two years to work with the Peace Corps, and a lifestraw has been on my list of must-buys ever since I got my placement (no running water, no public wells or water treatment systems, just fill up your buckets at the local water hole and walk 'em back to your mud hut). I would definitely be happy to get one as a give-away and use my funds to bring school supplies for the kids we're supposed to teach instead. My favorite EDC item? My iphone: even without service it's my camera, notebook, calendar, & to-do list- with service, it's my map, instant "how-do-I-do-that-again?" google machine, and a way to call for help if I get into trouble- as well as my constant music/audio book companion.

November 8, 2014 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Sue van den Hoek said...

For a general EDC bag I would add a pencil, some wet wipes, and something I made that I call my 'buffet'. It is a 7-day pill container with each compartment labeled- ibuprofen, excedrin migraine, aleve, ranitidine (an OTC acid reducer), Imodium, allergy, and melatonin as a sleep aid. I keep it stocked with generic meds that address my needs, as I am prone to headaches, am beginning to ache with arthritis, etc. It takes up little space.

November 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

I keep a high visibility vest with reflective stripes in the car, easy to stick on over my usual clothes, in case of an accident in the dark. Also one of the silver foil type survival blankets which could also be used as a temporary shelter, and packs down very small. A list of the numbers programmed in my phone and some change, should I need to use a payphone, somewhere that my cell wont work.

Does taking my knitting everywhere I go count as cordage? hehehe! I always have multiple projects on my needles, and depending on whether we are heading off on a major road trip, or just down the road to the pub for dinner I am always working on something. Not necessary for my survival - but does wonders for my mental health!

November 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

Great Vlog! I made a list and put a life straw in my 'cart' in case I don't win one for this comment.
My car also carries dog leash, waterbowl, extra kibbles, maps, GPS (sometimes) and old but wearable spare clothes.

November 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

In my car I carry an emergency roadside kit. It has things like a small folding shovel, first aid kit, gloves, rope, flares, body warmer blanket. And I always have jumper cables and a fix a flat can (though I also have a spare tire, but you never know where you'll break down and fix a flat could come in handy).

November 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Miss Music said...

My Leatherman tool, a small first aid kit, tissues, nail clipper, and flashlight are always in my purse. In my car, there are jumper cables, flashlight, survival blanket, first aid kit, paper towels and tissues, and water. After watching your vlog and reading the comments here, I realize how inadequate my emergency supplies in my car are. I will need to do something about that. Thanks for all the great ideas.

November 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Paula B said...

I wear contacts, and I usually bring my glasses and a full contact case for those times when I just have to take them out. Also, notebook and at least 1 pen, I always find something I want to write down!

November 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger lola bruesch said...

i make sure we have his meds with us for a few days anyway and extra shoes and COATS

November 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I love this one! You have great ideas for the important things to have with you. I keep several things in my pickup ... water, blanket, tarps, tools, snacks, extra shoes and jacket. I keep a pocket knife in my pocket all the time and small first aid items in my purse along with the basics of ID, cash ... You've given me ideas of things I'm missing in my bag though. A LifeStraw would be a great addition to the essentials.

November 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

I love this! It's another reminder that we need to get our earthquake kit together. Speaking of which, what brand is that crank/solar flashlight-radio-usb charger? That looks like a fantastic tool - I'd love to get that for my kit.

November 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Shanda said...

I also have a bandana, a hatchet, and a blanket (in winter months).

November 8, 2014 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

My phone, my keys, lip balm, nail clippers, magnifying glass and readers, sunglasses, sunscreen, and earphones. I live in the city.

November 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

I believe I have the same crank/solar radio. Love it! Charges in my kitchen window and I listen to talk radio while washing dishes... (eTón microlink FR 160). www.etoncorp.com

November 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I don't leave often but I have to have lip balm and money, I feel weird without a couple bucks in my purse. Love your hat and I'm going to look into a solar powered radio/charger. That little doo dad looks like it would come in real handy in a power outage.

November 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Cully said...

Jenna,

please always carry water in a liter bottle, it is essential,
as well as a flashlight.

Please please.
I also like little crackers and some small cheese, in case the
train breaks down in the winter for 4-5 hours, with no heat.

Kathleen

November 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Cully said...

Hi

do not forget moleskin, a lifesaver when blisters and
irritated feet from breaking in boots.

November 8, 2014 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Don't forget duct tape!!

November 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Maria Manemann said...

My four essentials, as I tend to call them, are phone, id/wallet, glasses and keys. That's for when I'm leaving the house. When I'm going out to the garden, I've added an apron with pockets to my drink glass (and hat during the summer). I too carried a backsack as a purse, ever since college. When it finally wore out, I upgraded to a Peterman mail bag and I always have - something to draw/write on (sketchbook, graph paper), a pencil box (to draw/write with), shopping bags (nylon/canvas) and a comb. Depending on what I'm planning on doing, I've added sweater, water bottle (a Bobble with a charcoal filter nozzle), nuts/granola bars/fruit, tea bags, mug, napkin and spoon. I currently also have a bottle of 5-hour energy drink, left over from an overnight deadline session. I have had books to read but now have my reading material on Kindle for iPhone (which has the rather unfortunate bonus of being able to buy and download more books if I have internet access).

November 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

OMGosh, Jenna. You had me cracking up when you said "go the the mall". I can't picture you there. We have a mall less than a mile from our house and I think I've been there a handful of times in 9 years.

Wonderful vlog since I never really thought about this before. We keep first aid kits in our vehicles, but I will have to consider what else we may need to have with us. Thanks for the inspiration!

November 9, 2014 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger rachael seymour said...

It really depends on the season (winter vs summer/ spring) but I always, always have my hiking boots with me either on foot or in the car with a spare set of wool socks. Tennis shoes just won't cut it in out climate and topography if I found myself having to walk to get home or to get help.

November 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Jess Sheppard said...

Now that I'm a momma my EDC has changed a little bit to say the least 😜 but for me it's knife, Chapstick, a nalgene (hence why I agree everyone should have a life straw), cash and yes I'm that person-my phone. My Little's EDC is slightly more involved lol

November 9, 2014 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Suezanadanna said...

I have a BOB but am ashamed to admit that I don't focus on EDC! This post will change that...

November 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Gail McNabb said...

After watching your vlog I went online and ordered the mini solar radio/flashlight/phone charger; a lifestraw; a rain poncho; and a pack of mylar blankets. Then I went in my closet and pulled out my backpack/purse and added a warm pair of socks, bandana, matches in a plastic bag, my pocket knife, nail clippers, a few cotton balls (tinder), bandaids, etc. I also plan on putting together a kit for my car using a foam cooler that my diabetic meds. are shipped in (very sturdy) to keep water, a blanket or 2 and anything else I can think of. Thanks so much for making me aware of just how unprepared I am. Given the news of late about our power companies being hacked by the Russians, I feel the real possibility of losing my grid.

November 9, 2014 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Ally said...

During the winter i have a sleeping bag in the car, otherwise i am ill prepared.

November 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

My wife calls my bag a murse short for man purse. I have a few different items but some are the same. Being a captain And working on different boats, I have a few different essentials. I carry an abrevieated light list and coast pilot. These two items are required on a boat for hire but i have yet to see one on an un inspected vessel, so I Cary my own. My I-pad. It has navonics, current charts, my calander, tide and current charts, current weather reports and coast guard updates all at my fingertips. Charger, and 12volt adapter. Over the counter meds ( ibiprophen, aspirin, Dramamine, pepto) note pad, log book, wallet keys phone, merchant mariner cradentials, water, Zip drive(you never know and it has come in handy) and a really cool folding filet knife made by buck.

November 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

I keep thinking about getting some stuff together, but I haven't done it yet. This time of year I make sure there's an extra jacket in the car and I try to keep some cash on me. I really need to get my butt in gear and start doing instead of thinking

November 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

My wife calls my bag a murse short for man purse. I have a few different items but some are the same. Being a captain And working on different boats, I have a few different essentials. I carry an abrevieated light list and coast pilot. These two items are required on a boat for hire but i have yet to see one on an un inspected vessel, so I Cary my own. My I-pad. It has navonics, current charts, my calander, tide and current charts, current weather reports and coast guard updates all at my fingertips. Charger, and 12volt adapter. Over the counter meds ( ibiprophen, aspirin, Dramamine, pepto) note pad, log book, wallet keys phone, merchant mariner cradentials, water, Zip drive(you never know and it has come in handy) and a really cool folding filet knife made by buck.

November 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

My wife calls my bag a murse short for man purse. I have a few different items but some are the same. Being a captain And working on different boats, I have a few different essentials. I carry an abrevieated light list and coast pilot. These two items are required on a boat for hire but i have yet to see one on an un inspected vessel, so I Cary my own. My I-pad. It has navonics, current charts, my calander, tide and current charts, current weather reports and coast guard updates all at my fingertips. Charger, and 12volt adapter. Over the counter meds ( ibiprophen, aspirin, Dramamine, pepto) note pad, log book, wallet keys phone, merchant mariner cradentials, water, Zip drive(you never know and it has come in handy) and a really cool folding filet knife made by buck.

November 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

My wife calls my bag a murse short for man purse. I have a few different items but some are the same. Being a captain And working on different boats, I have a few different essentials. I carry an abrevieated light list and coast pilot. These two items are required on a boat for hire but i have yet to see one on an un inspected vessel, so I Cary my own. My I-pad. It has navonics, current charts, my calander, tide and current charts, current weather reports and coast guard updates all at my fingertips. Charger, and 12volt adapter. Over the counter meds ( ibiprophen, aspirin, Dramamine, pepto) note pad, log book, wallet keys phone, merchant mariner cradentials, water, Zip drive(you never know and it has come in handy) and a really cool folding filet knife made by buck.

November 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger John Rosalia said...

great vlog Jenna!

November 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Sue van den Hoek said...

After reading my first post, I realized that it sounds like I can save my own life with a pencil and some pills. Those items are in addition to spare keys, a leatherman, energy bars, extra socks/boots, gloves, mylar blankets, some candles and a lighter, a water bottle, a solar powered flashlight, some cash, and a first aid kit. I've even thought about getting a bivy bag, but haven't spent the $$. Power outages are common in the winter where I live, so a kerosene heater and fuel, kerosene lamps, jugs of water, and a stocked pantry that doesn't rely on electricity to keep food fresh are the things I make sure are ready in my home every autumn.

November 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

Leatherman Supertool 2. It's about 12 years old, on my hip every day.

November 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Leatherman, 1st aid kit, full water bottle, flashlight, walking shoes and socks, and most importantly toilet paper and fresh wipes! I've had a car break down in the middle of nowhere before and tp would have been much appriciated at the time.

November 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

I only have a blanket in my car, but I never go out of my bedroom without my knife. It's like an extension of my fingers. I've thought may times that I need to get a bag together. I guess now is as good a time as any.

November 9, 2014 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

Knife, cash, glasses. Aqua Mira is available at home of emergency water purification.

November 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Karen from CT said...

Great post, makes me realize I need to update my car essentials. Right now I have blankets, handy wipes, bungee cords, spare change, pen and paper. During the summer I carry my gardening bag with hand tools, scissors, twine and latex gloves. In my purse is my phone, flashlight, tweezers, nail file, nail clippers, and I have a small cosmetic bag with allergy pills, bandaids, rolaids, dental picks and floss and baby asprin. At home I have plenty of water stored as well as a sterno stove, kerosene lamps, candles, crank radio and crank flashlight and a fairly well stocked pantry.

November 10, 2014 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

I'm a list maker. I make lists for (frequently used) items to grab before we leave depending on the task. E.g- If kids/husband are with me, more water and snacks and their warm clothes vs. me going out on my own... Or my solar/crank radio/flashlight is on my camping list since I use it daily

November 10, 2014 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

On bike or hike, I always carry: phone+charger, Swiss Army knife, credit card+cash, bandana, bandaids, protein bars, paper+pencil, Chapstick, tiny flashlight, matches, personal alarm, meds. It all fits into a very small black messenger-type bag that I use instead of a purse or daypack or even in my pockets if I'm wearing a jacket or vest.
In the winter in my car, I carry blankets, more food, hand warmers, shovel, and a bunch more winter survival stuff. We are having our first heavy snow today and tomorrow -- a reminder to get the trunk prepared for winter driving. I'll be adding a couple things because of the great ideas here!

November 10, 2014 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

First off, love the Kobo Kozy - my wife made me one out of sock yarn, and my Kobo lives in it (when one of us isn't reading it).

Don't have much EDC on me, but I do carry a fair bit in the car; first aid and survival stuff (reflective blanket, actual blanket, etc.), wind-up radio, wind-up flashlight (came in a set), plus the heaviest Maglight I could afford - never hurts to have something metal and heavy around ;)

The water filter is a great idea - much of Newfoundland is uninhabited, and while we tend to stick to relatively developed areas, driving out to my father-in-law's cabin does take us through some less populated areas.

November 10, 2014 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

In addition to all the great ideas I've already read on this blog, I also carry field guides and binoculars. I'm slowly getting a camping kit together, complete with warm sleeping bag and lightweight tent, one cup coffee pot, for those nights that I just don't want to come home!

November 10, 2014 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

Blanket, knife,matches,food, extra shoes, warm coat,gloves,first aid items,small tarp.
Thanks for the chance to win.

November 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Great vlog! Thanks for the suggestions. Love the radio/ flashlight/ charger.

So, what I carry depends on where I am. Always in my purse or on my person: ID, phone, $20 cash, pocket knife, flashlight, eye drops, dental floss, extra Rx meds, paracord, compass.

When I leave the house: water bottle(s). In my bag for work: rain jacket, umbrella, extra eye drops, Advil, bandaids, cough drops, and extra paracord bracket.

In the truck: tool box, first aid kit, duck tape, paracord, tarp, blanket (winter only), LED lights, and emergency road kit.

Since I work 40+ miles from home, I also have an emergency bag at work with: change of clothes, walking shoes, extra socks, 2 days food, tarp/paracord/duct tape, hand-cranker flashlight, multi-purpose tool, small blanket and a Life Straw.

Living in FL, we also have life straws in our 72 hour emergency kits.

November 10, 2014 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Like so many others on this site~ in my car I carry my knife (usually in my pocket), some kind of fire maker (lighter or fire stix and sometimes matches AND a few pieces of very dry wood that I keep under the seats in case it's very wet outside), a bandanna, water, something sweet (to keep the spirits!), and cold weather gear (hat, gloves, hand warmers, blankets....). You know, the usual :)

November 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM  
OpenID farmgirlschool.com said...

Great vlog! A fantastic reminder for those of us that get lazy. I am an herbalist so I always have herbal medicines on my person, a pocket knife, band aids, and soon to be everything you mentioned. Thanks!

November 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Tanya T said...

I'm never too far from the house or my car where I would require an emergency kit. But when I'm working around the farm I usually have a lighter, work gloves and my cell phone. Also handy are treats for the dog or horses.

November 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM  
OpenID franklinfiber said...

I just love your vlog. I always get something out of it! I would add: a small knitting project (I always have a sock or a hat for "mindless" knitting), duct tape (I wrap a length around my water bottle or around a sharpie rather than carrying the whole roll), and, since I wear contacts and have really bad vision without them, a tiny vial of contact lens solution and a spare pair. I used to have a water filtration system I would take camping that was big and clunky and involved a pump and a separate container, but it was too much to carry around. I love the idea of the Lifestraw!

November 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

well where I live, if I pulled out that pretty knife, Id get arrested! But having grown up in MN, having all the survival stuff in the car is second nature. And when I move to CO, its so dry here, I think I have an attached to my body water bottle! That's second nature now too. If I still lived in the country, I would have more rope, a extra halter (loose horses) more bigger first aid etc. But I'm in the outskirts of the big city so its more needing cash, and self defense. Personally I always have a book with me, I hate having to wait for things with nothing to read. I do need one of those cool crank flashlight combos you showed, who makes those? And the Lifestraw thing was very cool, wish they made those back in my backpacking days, way nicer than iodine in the water! Great vid, thanks for the suggestions.

November 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Akira Raven said...

I also like to have some sort of small flashlight or headlamp, a pair of tweezers, chapstick, gloves and bag of some sort of nut or seed to eat.

November 12, 2014 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Stumbled on your blog and am enjoying your musings! Would love a life straw too. Thanks ��

November 12, 2014 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Hope I'm not too late to enter! Lifestraw has been in my amazon wish list for awhile!

November 17, 2014 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Jenna - what is the name/brand of that knife. I have been looking for one like that for my EDC!

November 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

You would be far better off packing a tie plug kit, a cigarette lighter powered air compressor, and a set of pliers or Leatherman than the fix a flat. That stuff goes bad and I have seen it fail several times on people when they really wanted it. It isn't hard to use a plug kit, and the cigarette lighter powered air compressor is cheap at harbor freight. My boyfriend got me set up with a kit and I feel pretty confident using it.

November 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM  

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